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Hi Guys,

I want to fit two rodholders at knee position in the gunwhales of my Prowler 13.

I purchased two flush mount rodholders (square top slim line angled). These seem to fit ok in between the foot rests moulding from inside the hull at the right position.

Two problems I have:

1. how do I bolt the things in place as it is quite a stretch to reach inside the hull that far.

2. the gunwhale is slightly rounded so the top plate of the rodholders dont fit flat (few mm each side when tried). Should this be an issue if I bed the rodholders in silicone, tighten bolts evenly, allow to cure then a final tighten when cured ?

Any assistance gratefully received.

Cheers Doug
 

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Leave a thick layer of silicone to sit undistubed after the mount is attached and it will set solid and the deck curve won't be a problem.

If you can't attach with bolts, you are only left with well nuts, screws, or rivets.

If you can get split tail rivets they would be great.

On Gunston's kayak a holder was attached with ordinary rivets and I must say it seemed OK

By the way be sure to fill the holder drain hole with silicone before installing
 

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One way you can bend the holder rims to fit.

Make up a timber blank of the shape of the bit you want to screw them to , heat the top of the holder with a heat gun and screw it to the blank . When it cools it will form to the shape of the timber.
 

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IMO For trolling you cant beat the flush mounts your P13 came with. If it's just for rod storage get a milk crate and fit it with some rod holders.
 

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i'm with gatesy on this one.

rod holders at knee level are only useful when sitting still. when paddling any rods sitting in these holders will be in the way of your paddle.

my forward flushmount rod holder is mounted at around feet level (centre cockpit) and most guys that have scotty's also have them at around feet level.

similarly, rod holders too close behind you will also be collected by the sweep of your paddle, especially when paddling hard.

a few trips out on the water to determine where you need to place the mounts would be a good idea. nothing worse than drilling a major hole in the yak only to regret it later :cry: ...good luck with it!
 

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Hi Guys,

Thanks for the info.

Sorry gatesy, thought I PM'd you. Last month is all a blur ...was in Portugal then Cape Town, arrived home to have to move offices... BUT..have had a chance to paddle a bit around Middle Harbour but thats about all. Just trying to figure out how I want to rig the unit.

Ive used the existing holders to troll and their fine. Its the fishing while drifting/anchored up where I would like to fish one or two rods where I can see them. I mounted a Berkeley on the console which is ok but I would like ones closer for me to reach. So basically their for baitfishing/live baiting and not trolling.

Saw the UK kayaking site about the moulding of the rod holders but it seems like a lot of work and if I dont get the wood the same shape I will probably end up with the same gaps as I have now. My main priority is that I get a solid install (and aesthetically looks ok).

Cheers Doug

ps..Gatesy..thinking of a paddle to Dobroyd Bombie when conditions appear amenable.
 
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